BI2017 - Genetics and Evolution I


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment and Written examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Approved report 30/100
Written examination 70/100 4 hours D

Course content

The course covers different aspects of mechanisms of evolutionary change over short (microevolution) and long (macroevolution) time periods. This includes topics such as population genetics, gene mapping, quantitative genetics, molecular evolutionary biology, phylogenetic analysis, and the genetics of speciation. The course comprises lectures, exercises, an assignment, and some discussions based on scientific literature.

Learning outcome

After completing the course the student should understand and be able to explain fundamental terminology and concepts in the fields of genetics and evolution. The student should have a good understanding of central concepts in population and quantitative genetics. He/she should also understand the basic scientific methods, including data analysis, used in these fields, and be able to carry out simple analyses using empirical population genetics and quantitative genetics data. He/she should be able to combine this knowledge to interpret results from studies in population and quantitative genetics. The student should be capable of reflect on the outcome of genetic and evolutionary studies on a general level and evaluate their biological significance.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures (ca. 28 hours), exercises (ca. 12 hours), seminar discussions. During the exercises the students analyze data and interpret results from different studies in evolution. The analytical part is to a large extent performed using the statistical software R. For the obligatory semester assignment, students analyze empirical data and work in groups to write a report using the scientific method.

Compulsory assignments

  • Approved practicals and term paper

Further on evaluation

All assessment components included in the course must be passed. The individual components will not be graded and assessment consists of an overall final grade. In the case of 'fail' or 'retake', the final written examination needs to be taken again. Appeals for reassessment apply to the final written examination only. The written exam can be changed to an oral exam in the semester when the course is not taught.
Please refer to supplementary regulations UTF §5-6 at NTNU for information on re-sit examinations (oral and written) in science courses.

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Course materials

- Sætre, G.-P. & Ravinet, M. 2019. Evolutionary Genetics. Concepts, Analysis, and Practice. Oxford University Press (ISBN: 9780198830924).
- Lecture notes, compendia, and various scientific publications.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
BI2011 3.7 01.09.2008
BI2040 3.7 01.09.2008
More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Intermediate course, level II


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2020

No.of lecture hours: 4
Lab hours: 2

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Ethology
  • Biodiversity
  • Biology
  • Biotechnology
  • Cell Biology
  • Ecology
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Biology



Examination arrangement: Assignment and Written examination

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD Approved report 30/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Approved report 30/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Written examination 70/100 D INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Written examination 70/100 D INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
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